Queen of spades

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Q in a standard deck
Q in a Russian deck
Q from 19th-century tarock deck

The queen of spades (Q) is one of 52 playing cards in a standard deck: the queen of the suit of spades (). In Old Maid and several games of the Hearts family, it serves as a single, undesirable card in the deck.

Roles by game[edit]

In the Hearts family of card games, the queen of spades is usually considered an unlucky card; it is the eponym of the Black Maria and Black Lady variants of Hearts. The player who ends up with the queen of spades after a match scores 13 points (points are to be avoided in this game). The exception is when the player receives this card with all 13 hearts, in which the player is said to have shot the moon, and this player scores no points, while all opponents are scored 26 points.

In the game of Old Maid, while any card can technically be used for this purpose, the queen of spades is traditionally used as a card that has no match, thereby making it the "old maid" card.

In the seven card stud poker variant known as "The Bitch", a face-up deal of the queen of spades results in the deal being abandoned, all cards being shuffled and a new deal starting with only those players who had not already folded when the queen of spades was dealt.[3]

In Pinochle, the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds combine for a unique two-card meld known as a "pinochle".

Card reading[edit]

In cartomancy, the queen of spades is considered to be a sign of intelligence. It is representative of judgment that is practical, logical, and intellectual. It represents a woman who is creative and makes her plans ahead of time.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Four King Truth" at the Urban Legends Reference Pages
  2. ^ Who are the court figures? at the International Playing-Card Society. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Rules of Poker Variants: Chicago, Black Mariah, The Bitch". www.pagat.com. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  4. ^ Jones, Marthy (1984). It's in the cards. York Beach, Me: S. Weiser. ISBN 978-0-87728-600-4. OCLC 11357269. Translation of: In de kaart gekeken.